Gallery  August 9, 2018  Chandra Noyes

Shobha Broota’s Abstractions with “Resonance”

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Shobha Broota, Celebration, 2007, oil and acrylic on canvas

Aicon Gallery in New York is showcasing the work of New Delhi-based Shobha Broota. An educator and award-winning artist, Broota has had a 60-year career exhibiting internationally. Resonance is her first solo show in New York. The exhibition includes work from the past decade, representing two types of abstractions the artist has explored. 

Broota’s abstract works in paint are soothing, meditative images, comprised of small repetitive elements. Reminiscent of mandalas or yantras, the works seem to come into focus and blur again before our eyes, inviting our deep focus. As these works draw us in, they soothe and invite in-depth viewing.

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Shobha Broota, Living Core, 2007, oil and acrylic on canvas

The second body of work represented are Broota’s “woven paintings,” made from knitted materials stretched over canvasses. Similar to her painted abstractions, the woven material creates an intriguing pattern, with minute details and subtle variations that invite exploration. Her use of familiar wool knits in a new setting is both comfortingly familiar and curiously foreign.

Shobha Broota, Untitled (Green Pattern), 2017
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Shobha Broota, Untitled (Green Pattern), 2017, wool on canvas

Shobha Broota, Untitled (Orange Pattern), 2017
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Shobha Broota, Untitled (Orange Pattern), 2017, wool on canvas

Shobha Broota, Untitled (Pink), 2017
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Shobha Broota, Untitled (Pink), 2017, wool on canvas

Shobha Broota, Untitled (Orange), 2017
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Shobha Broota, Untitled (Orange), 2017, wool on canvas

Shobha Broota, Untitled (Yellow), 2017
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Shobha Broota, Untitled (Yellow), 2017, wool on canvas

In both of these bodies of work, there is simultaneously tranquil stillness and subtle movement. Their intricate details suggest a world of their own, and encourage the viewer to tap into their own inner world. Resonance is a fitting title for this exhibition, as the works not only resonate with the viewer on an emotional level, but seem to reverberate like sound waves materialized.

Shobha Broota: Resonance is on view at Aicon Gallery in New York through September 9th.

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Chandra Noyes

Chandra is managing editor for Art & Object.